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Coquillette Moramanga Perfume Review

Coquillete Moramanga

Coquillete Paris Moramanga is a perfume that wants to celebrate the glorious olfactory materials of Africa. And yes, that’s a huge continent to pull inspiration from. YET, so many perfume brands seem to ignore this huge region that is full of lovely raw ingredients. This is why I ordered a sample of Moramanga. I was happy to see a destination inspiration outside of the Mediterranean or islands popular with European tourists.

Moramanga opens as a heady, indolic white floral with a lot of jasmine and cool tuberose… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Amouroud Dark Orchid Perfume Review

Amouroud Dark Orchid

It’s really odd how some perfumes connect with you. I’m sure if I spent some time in therapy or doing some sort of self-help workbook, I could probably come up with some conclusion as to why I’m drawn to certain perfumes more than others. My tastes are broad; I like perfumes from all genres. However, it seems like I’m not too picky when it comes to white floral and incense. I tend to like those over the top “femme fatale” sort of perfumes…or at least what I perceive… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Dusita Melodie de L’Amour EDP Perfume Review

Dusita Melodie de l'Amour

 

Dusita is a new(ish) French perfume house (with roots in Thailand) that all my perfume blogger friends have been talking about. The brand isn’t available in person in NYC and I’ve been trying to refrain from buying samples, I didn’t rush on the bandwagon and try the scents. Feeling sorry for me (I’m exaggerating), a friend/blogger/perfume lover sent me samples to try. (Aren’t perfume people the absolute best?)¹ Being me, I was like, is there a rose? Nope. Please tell me there is a white… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Narciso Rodriguez NARCISO EDP Perfume Review

Narciso Rodriguez perfume

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

In the world of perfumery, the word “synthetic” may have negative connotations since marketing has clouded quality with words like “natural” to justify high prices for products. “Synthetic” is often used to describe “cheap” headache inducing perfumes in a world where if you utter the word “chemical” you’ll incite hysteria. However, synthetic shouldn’t always be viewed with an unfavorable mindset. Synthetics in perfumery can create an abstract beauty that makes realism appear pedestrian.

The appeal of Narciso Rodriguez perfumes is… Continue reading | 10 Comments

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Olivine She Belongs There Perfume Oil Review

Olivine She Belongs There

Last week, I reviewed a natural perfume with a realistic gardenia note. This perfume ignited an olfactory craving for gardenia. I went through my collection and samples looking for gardenia-centric perfumes. I came across some Olivine Atelier perfume oils that are white floral focused. Right now, She Belongs There is satisfying my gardenia cravings.

She Belongs There is a white floral. It opens with a humid gardenia that has the faintest hint of “mushroom”. As it wears, the jasmine takes over. It’s a clean, fresh… Continue reading | 2 Comments